Steps Challenge Starts May 16th

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Registration is LIVE on the HarbinSTRONG portal for the 3rd and final leg of the 2018 TriChallenge. Register to participate in the Steps Challenge starting on May 16th through June 6th.

Please note that you must have a device, Apple Watch or smartphone synced to the portal to participate. Instructions for “getting connected” are on the portal. Email with any questions.
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Blood Drives Week of May 22nd

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Blood Assurance will be at Harbin Clinic locations May 22nd – May 24th. Help us show NW Georgia that we care completely by donating blood to save lives in our communities.  All donors will receive a FREE t-shirt and 15 HarbinSTRONG points.

Tuesday, May 22nd

8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Harbin Clinic Cancer Center

12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Harbin Clinic Corporate

Wednesday, May 23rd

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Harbin Clinic Main

2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Harbin Clinic SCI/Specialty Center

Thursday, May 24th

9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Harbin Clinic Cartersville


Login to the HarbinSTRONG portal to register!

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Hike 2 Health on Saturday


Hike 2 Health
Saturday, May 5th
9:00 a.m.
Join Brian from Vitality Fitness to hike the trails along the river. Please meet in the parking lot behind the Rome Braves stadium (on the northeast side).
Call Brian to reserve a space in the group: 706-238-2225. Family and friends are welcome!
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7 simple ways to spring into fitness

Spring is a time for shedding layers, sporting the latest bright fashions — and, of course, spring cleaning. That can apply not only to reorganizing your closet, but to tossing some unhealthy winter habits you may have fallen into, such as not exercising due to arctic temperatures.

Don’t be too hard on yourself — we all have moments of weakness. The key to getting in shape for spring (and staying that way) that is to keep it simple.

7 tips to get in shape and stay in shape this spring
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It may be difficult to set a clear goal at a time we are constantly receiving conflicting messages: “Eat less carbs.” “Eat all the carbs you want as long as you stay under your allotted calorie count.” “Eat only meat.” “Eat no meat.” “Cook at home more.” “Only eat raw food.” “Do yoga, but don’t overstretch.” “Do cardio, but don’t pound your joints.” “Lift, but not heavy weights.”

There’s a lot of information out there that can be helpful, but not every method works for every person. Instead of harboring guilt for taking on too lofty a goal, try these simple tips; they can make a big difference.

1. Identify the “why”

Getting in shape does not always mean losing weight. Perhaps you just want to feel better about yourself, have more energy and know that you’re doing something good for your body. If you identify why you want to get fit, it will help you power through a tough workout or give you the willpower to say “no thanks” to the bagels your co-worker brought to the office. Looking for more inspiration? Check out 3 ways to find workout motivation when you’d rather give up.

2. Find a way (or a few ways) to be active every day

If you find activities that you truly love, you will find joy in being active every day, even if it’s just going for a walk in your favorite place. Eliminate the “I don’t have time to work out today” excuse by embracing the short but effective exercise session. Anything you can do to get your body moving will put you in a better place mentally and is better than being completely stationary. Too busy to go to the gym? Try an at home workout!

3. Eat real, whole food

Forget counting carbs and calories; instead, focus on fueling your body. If you are eating nutritious foods with as few ingredients as possible — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy and clean proteins — you’re treating your body well. This spring, try some delicious and healthy recipes that will have you feeling refreshed!

4. Don’t think of health as a punishment

Find physical activities and nutritious meals and snacks that feel like you’re giving yourself a reward. This is exactly what your health should be — a gift, something that makes you feel healthy and happy. Try these 4 ways to add fun to your workout.

5. Don’t skimp on sleep

Easier said than done, I know. In our hectic, overscheduled lives, sleep often gets pushed to the back burner. But sufficient rest should be one of your top priorities. Check out these 8 decorating tips for a better night’s sleep.

6. Hydrate

Drinking more water is one of the simplest ways to achieve a healthier you. Proper hydration aids digestion, refuels our bodies for upcoming workouts, boosts energy, nourishes the skin… the list of benefits goes on and on. Keep a water bottle at your workplace as a constant reminder to drink more H2O, or carry a water bottle with you. The weight of a heavy water bottle will remind you to do your best to empty it!

7. Enlist a buddy

Being vocal about your goals to get in shape can be a powerful motivator and may even inspire a friend or coworker to join you. I like to schedule regular workout dates with a friend so I stay committed and feel accountable. Strength in numbers! Here are some tips to find a perfect fit-buddy.

There is no “right” way to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle; there is only what works for you. Realistic tweaks to your routine are the first step to a lasting habit. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on too many ambitious goals at once; instead, stick to the basics. And remember: Being healthy should feel fun, and be something you look forward to every day.

Aly Teich is the founder of The Sweat Life.

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Make Your Desk Job Healthier

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Hike 2 Health

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Hike 2 Health

Saturday, April 28th
9 a.m.

Join Brian Price to hike Myrtle Hill Cemetery and the hills of downtown Rome. Please meet at Bridgepointe Plaza.

Call Brian to reserve a space in the group: 706-238-2225.  Family and friends are welcome!

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Sleep Challenge – Week 3

Week 3 of the Sleep Challenge starts today! Our goals this week are to get 7 hours of sleep nightly, keep electronics out of the bedroom and avoid caffiene after 2 p.m.
Be sure to login to the HarbinSTRONG portal and complete your Sleep Log for week 2 before Friday.
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